When I graduated high school 8 years ago (HAHA just kidding 18 years ago), I was Salutatorian of my class and had to write a speech. I don't remember much about the speech except one thing....the scripture I used. It was Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) To this day, it is my favorite scripture. And how fitting for a graduation speech, right?! Back then I used it in my speech for basically one reason - it sounded good. Seems kind of bad to say but it's the truth. At that age, I liked the idea of loving Jesus and deep down I did but truth be told I wanted the speech to "sound good". Fast forward 13 years and my sweet cousin Sarah Deese was graduating high school. By this time I had graduated college, had a hubby, 2 kids, and a lot more life experience than the 18 year old kid that wrote that speech in 1995. My aunt Felicia asked family members to write a letter to Sarah for her graduation and send to her for a scrapbook or something (if I find a copy, I will post it later). So, what did I do? I went to that good ole' favorite scripture of mine. BUT, this time I read MORE and God showed MORE! I LOVE the way the Message puts it "I'll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out - plans to care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. When you come looking for me, you'll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed. God's Decree. I'll turn things around for you." (Jer. 29:11-14a) In my letter to my cousin Sarah, I challenged her to continue to call on Him, keep looking for Him, and constantly seek Him.
You are probably wondering what in the world this has to do with hiccups and a cure. A few months ago, my family had what I like to call a "hiccup". Something that was aggravating, troublesome, hurtful, but not a total devastation....just like a hiccup. Hiccups can be annoying and painful BUT you aren't going to die from them....you will survive. After our family hiccup, I was aggravated and very hurt. I went to that trusty scripture. God showed up with the same scripture BUT different emphasis (a whole other blog post)!
Today, Le Rae Events + Design had a hiccup. It's a little troublesome and I started out with a lil' Rae Rae pity party. I explained the hiccup to my mom and she said "how's your prayer life" and I responded "fair". I explained the hiccup to a friend and they said "are you reading the book I gave you" and I responded "no". These 2 questions led me once again to that trusty scripture! And of course, HE showed up with the same scripture BUT different emphasis. This time in the form of more questions for the day! Look back at verses 13 and 14a "When you come looking for me, you'll find me. Yes, when you get SERIOUS about FINDING me and WANT IT more than ANYTHING else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed. God's Decree. I'll turn things around for you." WOW! AM I serious about seeking him? Do I want "it" more than anything else. The "it" in that sentence is finding him. Have I replaced the "it" with my business. Have I replaced the "finding Him" with "growing my business". The answer is right there.....when you want "it" (to find Him) more than ANYTHING else, HE'LL make sure I won't be disappointed. It's like He is saying "Rae, seek Me FIRST and FOREMOST and I'll handle the rest"! Needless to say, PITY PARTY OVER!
So, from now on if someone wants to know how to cure the hiccups I will respond with "Jeremiah 29:11-14"!